Innovative filmmaker, philanthropist and slapstick comedian Jerry Lewis has died at the age of 91.
Lewis died of natural causes at his home in Las Vegas with his family by his side. The son of vaudeville entertainers, Lewis rose to fame in the 1950s as Dean Martin’s goofy sidekick. The pair first worked in nightclubs before moving to television and movies. He once summed up his career by saying “I’ve had great success being a total idiot” and said the key was maintaining a certain child-like quality.
Lewis starred in more than 45 films spanning five decades.But it was not only films that Lewis was passionate about, in 1977 he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize because of his efforts to raise money for muscular dystrophy research. He raised at least $2.6 billion for the cause largely through his famous telethons.